Congress may vote this week to start unraveling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even worse, as today’s edition of the Weekly Briefing explains, GOP leaders want to repeal the law without presenting a replacement plan. Not only would over a million North Carolinians lose health insurance coverage under this proposal, repealing the ACA would be a job-killer: North Carolina would lose 76,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in state and local revenue. All the while, repeal would give away a big tax cut to millionaires.
Defenders of the law, however, are pushing back. Today, for instance, has been designated as a “National #ProtectOurCare Call-In Day to save the Affordable Care Act.” People across the country are making phone calls to their elected representatives via the number below to tell them to vote against the plan to take health care and jobs away from North Carolina.
Proponents of repeal, of course, claim that they will replace the ACA with “something even better,” but so far, such claims have proved completely illusory. Here in North Carolina, therefore, the message being delivered to members of Congress is simple and straightforward:
“Repealing the Affordable Care Act would hurt North Carolina’s economy and our citizens’ health. Repeal would:
- Kill tens of thousands of jobs in our state.
- Cause one million North Carolinians to lose coverage, and
- Hurt our struggling rural hospitals.
This is a matter of life and death. Please vote NO on any legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act.”
Supporters of the ACA are also being asked to sign their names to a petition: Tell Congress “no repeal without replace.” You can read lots more on the ACA, by clicking here to visit the Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project website.